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Highlighting risks of petting farms

Published 12/05/2016

Parents take note: the recent outbreak of E. coli and cryptosporidiosis at Swithens Farm in Rothwell, in which dozens are said to have fallen ill, should come as no surprise since petting farms are recognised hotbeds of communicable diseases.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, infections can spread through direct or even indirect animal contact, and in some cases the illness can be fatal.

Children and those with weakened immune systems are especially at risk.

Aside from posing a threat to human health, these farms contribute to a cruel cycle of animal breeding and slaughter.

Every year sanctuaries have to turn away requests to house large animals and other cast-offs from this dodgy industry.

Those of us who care about our health, our children's wellbeing and animal welfare should steer well clear of petting farms.


People for the Ethical

Treatment of Animals

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